Countries taking bold steps to end preventable newborn deaths within a generation; framework for ending maternal mortality released
Countries are taking bold steps to end preventable newborn deaths within a generation. Additionally, a framework for ending maternal mortality has been released.
India: Union Govt concerned over 80 per cent mortality among neonatal population caused by pneumonia & diarrhoea
These diseases continue to be leading causes of deaths in the country attributing to about 80 per cent of the overall under-5 mortality, says Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
CSOs and private sector gather to formally kickstart the process of updating the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, which will be launched together with the Sustainable Development Goals in September of this year.
Join the Secretariat of Health of Mexico and 15 other convening partners in Mexico City, October 18 to 21, for a landmark technical conference to discuss strategies for reaching every mother and newborn with high-quality health care.
Prof Joy Lawn said: “The success we’ve seen in the ongoing fight against infectious diseases demonstrates that we can also be successful if we invest in prevention and care for preterm birth”.
“This marks a turning of the tide, a transition from infections to neonatal conditions, especially those related to premature births, and this will require entirely different medical and public health approaches.”
“We have an epidemic of preterm and newborn deaths that represents one of the greatest health challenges of the 21st century. Two-thirds of these deaths could be prevented without intensive care,” said Francisco.
The rise in deaths from preterm birth complications actually coincides with a dramatic decline in the worldwide mortality rate of children under five.
Kenya has been encouraged to improve postnatal care for mothers to reduce the high number of newborn deaths.
Across the world, nearly 30 percent of maternal deaths are linked to indirect causes like gestational diabetes and obesity. especially among young mothers.